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Manatee Festival in Crystal River

Saturday was a beautiful sunny and warm day so we went to the Manatee Festival in Crystal River.  Along with 100,000 other people.

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Manatee Festival in Crystal River

That festival was huge.  It was spread from Heritage Village all the way to the river at Hunters Springs Park. And every inch of that area was filled with people.  

During the manatee festival there’s a free bus ride to the Three Sisters Springs which we love to visit.

Here’s the line for the bus….

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Yeah, we weren’t waiting in that.

I had read in the newspaper that they were allowing walkers and bicyclist in just for this weekend so we drove over the to plaza closest to the gate, and walked to the Spring.  

Well worth the little extra stroll.

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Manatee Festival in Crystal River

Manatee Festival in Crystal River

Three Sisters SpringsAlthough it was a warm day, there were many manatees hanging out in the area. Just catching the rays.  There were a lot of swimmers and snorkelers, too, but unlike past years, they weren’t in the actual springs area. I thought that was pretty cool.

Next Open House for Three Sisters Springs is in February.  Otherwise you can catch a bus at the Visitor Center on US-19 just south of Crystal River and pay $15 for a ride and entrance into the park.   

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